Good day, fellow bookworms!
Personally, I find it sad when libraries don’t get used and end up being shut down – it’s such a waste. A friend told me recently that one of my local libraries (I say local, it’s at least 30 minutes drive away – there are two that are much nearer), is going to be shut down and we agreed that we need to befriend the librarians at our old college, somehow become librarians ourselves and save this library…all within a matter of months. As we’ve both finished college and are working, this obviously isn’t a very realistic aim, but we can dream.
Back to the point. In short: I wish more people would use libraries and discover what fab places they are! I’ll admit, I rarely use libraries to borrow books anymore, but I do like sitting in them to read (they’re so peaceful!) and I would definitely use them more, if it was easier for me to get to them.
But there are so many unique and amazing libraries, all over the world, that I would love to visit, so I decided to list my top 5 in this post. So here goes…enjoy!
1. Liverpool Central Library, UK
I’m 99% sure that this library is open to the public and it looks AMAZING. I mean, look at that ceiling and all that reading space for start!
Imagine sitting down in there to read! I could stay there all day!!
2. Library of Birmingham, UK
This is a library I’d visit based on the exterior alone; look how cool this looks!
But, obviously, the interior of the library is the main feature and, equally, I’d love to visit based on this too! I genuinely think I could get lost in here – not that I’d complain!
3. University Library Heidelberg, Germany
I used to study German in school and, I’ll admit, I quite enjoyed it and even went to Germany twice (my friends complained when I dragged them into a German bookshop with me). But I definitely don’t remember enough of it to read a whole book in German! But imagine sitting inside this library, reading your own book or browsing the books there. I can’t find a photo of the interior of this library but the exterior is amazing!
4. Wiblingen Monastery Library, Ulm, Germany
Another German library! I’m not sure if this library is open to the public as it is in part of an old monastery, which now contains a university’s medical school, but it’s beautiful! I’d love to go and visit, even if it was just a brief visit. I have a group of friends who I’m planning a trip to Germany with and I definitely need to add this to our list of places to visit!
5. George Peabody Library, Baltimore, USA
This photo reminds me slightly of Leeds Royal Armouries (definitely worth a visit) and I think it looks fab! I’m not the biggest fan of heights, but with so many books to be browsing, I doubt I’d even notice how high up I was!
So there are my top 5 libraries that I’d love to visit! If I ever visit one, I’ll definitely blog about it! Knowing me, I’ll have found another library that I want to visit within a few days 😀
Do you have a particular library which you’d love to visit?
(Disclaimer: Obviously as I have never visited any of these libraries and I’m not that good of a photographer, none of these photos are mine – they have all been taken from the website of the individual library).